Resources for Teaching About Indigenous Peoples and Histories in North America

As the United States observes Native American Heritage Month this November, we want to support educators in honoring the histories and contributions of past and present-day Indigenous peoples who are from what is now known as North America. Bring Indigenous perspectives into your lessons and engage students in meaningful discussions around Indigenous histories and cultures using the lessons and activities in this round-up as a starting point — not only during the month of November, but year-round.

Resources to Teach about Indigenous Peoples, Histories, and Cultures

The Orange Shirt Story A Residential School Unit for Orange Shirt Day

The Orange Shirt Story – A Residential School Unit for Orange Shirt Day by One Curious World
Grade Level: 1st-8th

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California Native Americans-Distance Learning Reading Passages and More

California Native Americans-Distance Learning by Sailing into Second
Grade Level: 2nd-4th

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Native American Facts, Myths, and Stereotypes: Close Reading Passages, Writing Activities, Discussion and Role Play

Facts, Myths, and Stereotypes – Native American ELA Unit by Real Native Learning Resources
Grade Level: 3rd-6th

Ontario Grade 5 Social Studies | Strand A | Heritage and Identity BUNDLE by Coach’s Corner
Grade Level: 5th-7th

Leslie Marmon Silko Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective

Native American Literature | Indigenous Nonfiction Text | Leslie Marmon Silko by GilTeach
Grade Level: 9th-12th

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Set 1 Indigenous History Month Posters

Indigenous History Month Posters [Growing] by Tipler Teaches
Grade Level: Not Grade Specific

Native American Heroes and History Clip Art: 36 Famous Figures

Native American Heroes + History Clip Art by Prince Padania
Grade Level: Not Grade Specific

Resources to Teach about Culture and Identity

Identity Reflection Journal

Identity Reflection Journal | Teach For Justice Resource by classroom de rollins
Grade Level: 7th-8th

Representation Matters Activities for Inventorying Media Diversity

Representation Matters – A Teach for Justice Resource by Language Arts for Liberation
Grade Level: 7th-12th


Find more resources to teach about Indigenous peoples and histories in North America on the TpT website.